INTERNATIONAL airlines plan to expand connectivity in Davao City by establishing direct flights, an official said.
Department of Tourism (DOT)-Davao regional director Roberto Alabado III said that some 20 international airlines are considering Davao as their next area for expansion.
“They look at Davao now, they were impressed with our capacity for expansion. International airlines now know that Davao City has the capacity to house their airlines once they will decide to expand here,” he said.
This, according to him was just some of the results the city has gained after hosting the Airline Operators Council (AOC) two-day outboard meeting last April 29 and 30, 2016.
Alabado said that the DOT assistant secretary Art Boncato has been courting the council to hold their meeting here for years.
“We invited them (international airlines) over and see Davao, most of them are first time in the city. Sir Boncato has been courting them for the past years and it was only this year that it was realized,” Alabado said.
According to DOT-Davao data, there were some 20 international airlines that participated and came over to the city during the meeting.
Some of the airlines are Air China, Turkish Airlines, Skylogistics, Federal Express, Luftansa Technik, MacroAsia Airport, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Jinair, Airbusan, Korean Air, Jeju Air, EVA Air, Miascor Ground Handling, and Dnata, among others.
“Most of these airlines are not operating here or may be operating in the Philippines but has not yet established its connectivity in Davao City,” he said.
Also, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, which are both operating daily in Davao City's Francisco Bangoy International Airport, were present during the event.
“We just really hope that these airlines will establish direct flights here and for the existing and operating airlines here, we also hope that they will add more connectivity,” Alabado said.
Meanwhile, DOT-Davao along with other tourism stakeholders continue to help operating airlines here to ensure that traffic of passengers from both domestic and foreign tourists will be sustained.
Some of the measures undertaken by the tourism department to ensure traffic was their constant marketing and promotions in foreign countries including China, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, among others.
DOT-Davao is currently gearing up for a business mission in Malaysia and Singapore on May 23 and 24 to further augment tourism arrivals in Davao Region.